Scottish National Gallery visit

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free | Advance booking recommended

To allow for artwork rehangs room 11 (Rococo to Revolution) will be closed on 8 October.


Situated in the heart of Edinburgh the Scottish National Gallery is home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world.

  • We've instituted a free, timed ticketing system.
  • Admission is free, and tickets should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Everyone, except babes in arms, is required to have a ticket.
  • If you have already booked a ticket but cannot make it or need to exchange it for another time slot, get in touch with us at enquiries@nationalgalleries.org
  • If you have not pre-booked, entry may be available on the day. Ask a member of staff onsite for details.
  • We have signed up to the Good to Go scheme to show we are committed to meeting current Scottish Government health and safety standards for our buildings and staff.
  • Find out what displays are included in this visit
  • Everything you need to know can be found below or in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Gallery facilities

We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.

Find out more about disabled access at the Scottish National Gallery

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Accessible toilets for gallery visitors
  • Baby change for gallery visitors
  • Toilets for gallery visitors

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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Safety information

  • We have signed up to Check In Scotland, a voluntary service which enables visitors to quickly and securely provide their contact details to asssist with COVID-19 contact tracing.

  • We have signed up to the Good to Go scheme to show we are committed to meeting current Scottish Government health and safety standards for our buildings, staff and visitors.

  • Admission is via a ticketed entry system. Booking is recommended. If you have not pre-booked, entry may be available on the day. Ask a member of staff onsite for details.

  • We have instituted a programme of deep cleaning of the Galleries and will have staff onsite cleaning all touch points throughout the day.

  • We ask that you respect physical distancing from others during your visit.

  • We ask all visitors over the age of 12 to bring and wear a face covering. Our staff will be wearing face coverings.

  • Hand sanitiser is available in key areas, along with increased cleaning regimes in toilets and other high use areas.

  • We are admitting visitors coming into our galleries via hourly visitor slots. We hope that this will make you feel safe when re-engaging with much-loved artworks.

  • If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

  • Download Smartify to access our highlights tour, large print labels and get more information about the artworks during your visit.


Donations may be administered by the National Galleries of Scotland Foundation (No. SCO43024). This has been set-up to support five key areas for the National Galleries of Scotland: Acquisitions, Exhibitions, Education, Conservation, and Access and Audiences.

National Galleries of Scotland is a charity registered in Scotland (No. SCO03728).

Included in this visit

Included in this visit

The displays below are all included as part of your visit and include works by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck, Tiepolo, Landseer, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, Van Gogh and Angelica Kauffmann.


This small display includes highlights from our collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art works including works by Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet and Van Gogh. 

Gothic/Renaissance 1300—1550

The two main themes of early Netherlandish and German painting can be discovered here: religious subjects for public and private devotion, and portraiture


This display includes a selection of Impressionist artworks by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissaro, Edgar Degas and Berthe Morisot.

Southern Baroque 1580—1680

The Baroque period encompassed a broad range of artistic styles, from the naturalistic to the emotive; demonstrated through works by Velázquez, Murillo and El Greco

Painting as Spectacle

The years 1785-1865 were the era of the ‘statement picture’. Spectacular paintings of a colossal size were created with educated and cultured audiences in mind.

Scottish Art 1670 — 1840

This display showcases a selection of Scottish masterpieces featuring key works by Scottish artists as well as much loved works from the collection.

Italian Renaissance 1470—1600

This display is dominated by works painted in the Venetian Republic and its northern territories – at a time when it was at the height of its commercial and artistic prowess.

Rococo to Revolution

The eighteenth century was a dynamic era, informed by new, ‘enlightened’ ideas about mankind and its place in the world. It ended however in violence, with revolutions in America and France.

Poussin's Sacraments

Painted in Rome by the French artist Nicolas Poussin, the Seven Sacraments is one of the greatest sets of paintings in the history of Western art.

Cabinet pictures

Once the preserve of royalty and the nobility, the collecting and commissioning of paintings become progressively widespread over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, both north and south of the Alps.

Eighteenth - Nineteenth Century Art

A display of smaller-scale paintings by some of the greatest European artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

A Century of Scottish Art 1810-1920

This display features a selection of nineteenth and early twentieth-century Scottish artworks by William McTaggart, Sir James Guthrie, Arthur Melville, Phoebe Anna Traquair and others.

Dutch and Flemish Art 1600—1700

Highlights include works by van Dyck, Rubens and Vermeer.

Our Friends

Our Friends

Friends of the Galleries get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.

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